Jen Koffs, RD, LDN – Clinical Oncology Dietitian
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BS, Nutritional Sciences - Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Dietetic Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Registered & Licensed Dietitian
"I meet patients where they are at nutritionally and help them achieve their goals."
Jen Koffs, RD, LDN
Clinical Oncology Dietitian
Registered and licensed dietitian Jen Koffs strongly believes in the integrated, patient-centered model of care at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). She says it inspired her to join CTCA at Eastern Regional Medical Center, the national network of cancer hospitals’ Philadelphia location, in December 2010.
“The staff and clinicians are extremely willing to help out, answer questions, share their knowledge, and listen to each others’ suggestions,” says Koffs. “It allows for better patient care and makes CTCA a great place to work.”
Koffs provides personalized nutrition consultations and recommendations to patients undergoing treatment for cancer. She helps them deal head on with issues such as unintentional loss of weight and muscle mass, in addition to treatment side effects such as nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, taste changes, and difficulty swallowing.
She notes, “In some cases, malnutrition can force medical oncologists to halt treatment until a patient’s nutritional status has improved. As a dietitian, I try to help patients prevent significant weight loss and alleviate some of the side effects they experience. This may help patients proceed with treatment with fewer interruptions.”
Koffs adds, “If a patient is set on following a particular diet, I try to work within the constraints of that diet to ensure the patient is meeting his or her nutrition requirements. If the patient is following a diet that is low in vegetables and high in fast food, I will start out by helping him or her make healthier choices at restaurants, and gradually try to increase the amount of healthy food in the patient’s diet.”
She emphasizes, “It is important to remember that change does not happen all at once. It has to be a process, and my goal is to help patients at whatever step they may be on.”
Koffs earned a bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences at Pennsylvania State University, where she graduated with honors. She went on to complete a dietetic internship at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.
She is a member of the American Dietetic Association, as well as the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Dietetic Associations.
Koffs’ biggest hobby is music. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano and giving piano lessons. She also sings in and occasionally accompanies a local choir.